25.04.08 - 18.05.08
‘Mother’s Ruin’ opening at the StolenSpace Gallery on 25th April will showcase new works by four of our represented female artists Meryl Donoghue, Chloe Early, Jessica Harrison and Kirsty Whiten. The show will feature paintings, drawings and sculpture in various media. While each artist works in a different way and with a different approach, their work sits comfortably alongside each other, and the edge that each brings to the table complements the others. From Chloe Early’s more overtly feminine oil paintings through to Jessica Harrison’s dark and extreme eyeball and teeth sculptures, come and feast your eyes on what our female artists have to show you…
Chloe Early graduated from NCAD Dublin in 2003. She currently lives and works in London. Her work is fabrication of place and space with opposing landscape elements colliding within the paintings. The worlds in the paintings are at once familiar and unknown and it is unclear whether there is a major disaster imminent or if we have been transported to some redemptive afterlife. Either way the painting process always interrupts the narrative, visible drips, splashes and brush marks reveal her created world to be a fictional place, a visible flexing of the artists overactive imagination.
Fear dominates Jessica Harrison’s work: its creation, its pervasive nature and its manipulation. Her work investigates themes of surveillance, experimentation and violation, exposing the authority of fear and the vanity of the contemporary. Revealing interiors, voyeuristic observations and the experience of spectacle allows us brief god-like power but merely ends in a glimpse of our own mortality and inevitable destruction.
Meryl Donoghue is our youngest artist at age 23 and yet her work is already breathtakingly well formed. Recently Graduated from Bath Spa University with a First in Fine Art and awarded the University Prize for her degree show. Enticing you into a twisted fairytale world of transformed figures, Meryl’s work is beautiful and disturbing at the same time. Meryl’s creations begin as pencil drawings, which she then brings into life through a mix of photography, scanning and digital manipulation until their final, super-glossy form.
Well known as a rising star in her native Scotland, Kirsty Whiten has exhibited internationally and been involved with numerous projects over the last 9 years. Her distinctive drawings and paintings have earned a year’s residency in Paris, numerous awards and bursaries and been exhibited as far a field as Cologne, Den Haag, Austria and
Melbourne. Whiten initially gained notice for her warped large-scale portrait paintings and highly detailed photorealistic drawings, but her work has diversified in recent years to include performance, publishing and photography. Her solo exhibition ‘Trophy’ at StolenSpace in August 2007 showcased her first ever sculptures and a short film collaboration with Highway Diner (Edinburgh performance group).